#LastGreatMalts - Aultmore Distillery

A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Press Trip round the 5 John Dewar & Sons distilleries for their Last Great Malts tour, which i just could not refuse, and I was lucky enough to attend this trip last week.

There are 5 distilleries to go through so i'm going to do them as individual posts to be a bit more informative and as there would be a huge amount of tasting notes to accompany them.

Second on the list, Aultmore distillery, like many of the Dewars portfolio of distilleries, was until very recently only available through Independent bottlings as the stock was mainly reserved for blending, this change has taken time to implement but the whiskies really shine so it's been worth the wait.

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The German Controlled mash Tun

So an interesting one is Aultmore which has a mash tun which is controlled from Germany.

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I love wash backs

More wooden wash backs and the beginning of us hearing about the Waterloo St Style of distillery design.

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One of our hosts the amazing Charlie Mclean

Charlie was one of the hosts of the tour, talking technical and facts about the distilleries as well as giving us tips on tasting and some interesting facts about the whiskies themselves.

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The Stills

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I love details and reflections

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The stills are a mix of ones made by Forsyths and ones made by Abercrombies

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Working stills, not polished up for tourists.

Next up in this series will be Craigellachie distillery, later in the week


Aultmore 12 Year Old

Aultmore 12 Aultmore, like many of the Dewars portfolio of distilleries, was until very recently only available through Independent bottlings as the stock was mainly reserved for blending, this change has taken time to implement but the whiskies really shine so it's been worth the wait.

This 12 year old is the baby of the bunch, a 12, 21 and 25, all bottled without colouring and at 46%.

Filled with soft fruity notes then biscuity malty notes this does the trick for me, well worth having in the drinking cabinet.

Tasted whilst on tour with Dewars.

 

Soft Pear and apple in syrup with light gentle oak and hints of white grape some biscuity notes creeping when left to sit in the glass

Oily waxy lemon skin with red apple with gentle syrupy notes oaky with hints of gentle wood spice

Oily and lemony

Bottle Name: Aultmore 12 Year Old
Age: 12
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Aultmore
Bottler: Aultmore
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Aultmore 25 Year Old

Aultmore 25 Aultmore, like many of the Dewars portfolio of distilleries, was until very recently only available through Independent bottlings as the stock was mainly reserved for blending, this change has taken time to implement but the whiskies really shine so it's been worth the wait.

This 25 year old is the oldest of the bunch so far, a 12, 21 and 25, all bottled without colouring and at 46%.

Sweet fudge and toffee notes with maple syrup and lashing of marshmallows and an underlying leafiness that is almost vegetal, this is a cracking dram and one i really want a bottle of.

Tasted whilst on tour with Dewars.

 

Maple syrup with toasted marshmallows and some buttery fudge notes with a creamy toffee and green tomato leaves

Sweet with a hint of cinnamon and fudge with clotted cream fudge and gentle sweet green wood

Sweet fudge and maple syrup

Bottle Name: Aultmore 25 Year Old
Age: 25
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Aultmore
Bottler: Aultmore
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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